墨 means 'black ink'

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Strokes : 14    Frequency: 1848   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-34    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 43 words   Used in 70 words   Used in 88 names   Component in 2 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   すみ black ink, ink stick
Name    すの
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Black ink has left an indelible mark on Japanese culture. People have used it to dye clothes, modify their bodies (e.g., tattoos), and censor information. Find out how the Japanese make solid and liquid ink and how they view brushstrokes as a mirror of the mind. Also learn about sumi-e (ink paintings) and enjoy gorgeous sumi-e from talented artists around the globe.
⿱   black   ground; earth  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 墨 is used 7 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 墨 is used 66 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations).
ボク : 27 words FIND ALL
1. India ink; China ink
2. ink (of a cuttlefish, etc.)
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ボク (read as ぼっ) : 6 words FIND ALL
ink marks; handwriting
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すみ : 23 words FIND ALL
ink painting
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すみ (read as ずみ) : 10 words FIND ALL
Most common form:
1. eyebrow pencil
2. blackened eyebrows
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An additional 5 less common words include 墨 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1821  Joy o' Kanji : 1821  Key to Kanji:

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ボク   すみ black ink, ink stick   
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コク   くろ    くろ black   
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リ   さと village   
ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
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